Katie's Story- WSP Apprenticeships

Posted: 30th of November 2018 by megan@notgoingtouni.co.uk

WSP help to find a career path for each employee. Katie is currently studying her diploma then moving onto her Bachelor Honours in Civil Engineering at University. Her 5-7 year plan is to carry on working with WSP, gaining her degree then using their support to carry on to complete her masters and become a chartered engineer.

Katie's Story- WSP Apprenticeships

My Apprenticeship with WSP

I am a Civil Design Engineer (Technician) in the Building Structures team with WSP. My role consists of looking at the design and calculations on different projects and seeing how to model the building from foundations up to roof level, depending on different factors which could affect the design and using different types of softwares to create 2D and 3D visual representations.

 

No two weeks are the same in my role. Working with the designs of different projects and getting a better insight into the intricate details which need to be taken into consideration helps to keep the job interesting. I get to work with different types of software to portray the design, and keep up to date with the drawings and any changes helps to build relationships with clients and other companies as I keep in contact with them on a daily basis.

 

I have also been introduced to STEM whilst working at WSP. I host and attend STEM events where WSP colleagues can interact with the younger generation and aspire them to follow their chosen career path.

My influences

I have always taken an interest in Engineering from being young, looking into the way buildings work and the structure behind them. I went through all of school and my first year of college wanting to go down the engineering route, but after my first year of college I knew that being in full time education was not for me. I found I was able to learn and understand a subject better by learning the skills of the task, this is why I chose to study an apprenticeship. Not only am I getting all of my qualifications and the academic knowledge, but I am also learning practical skills which helps to accelerate my knowledge of engineering, and earning a salary at the same time.

 

My career path

WSP help to find a career path for each employee. I am currently studying my diploma then moving onto my Bachelor Honours in Civil Engineering at University. My 5-7 year plan is to carry on working with WSP, gaining my degree then using their support to carry on to complete my masters and become a chartered engineer. My managers invest a lot of time to sit down with me and understand my prospects to help me achieve my future goals. All of this helps me to feel part of a team at WSP.

 

Even though studying and working at the same time can be challenging, the support you get from WSP helps you get through it all with the confidence you need. I now feel like I have the correct knowledge and understanding of the job to be able to move on to bigger projects in the future. You get to meet so many different people and it helps to give you a better insight, listening to their stories, and you are able to help encourage each other to do well.

                                                                          

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